In 2016 Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across the country by providing food and water - including almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We build and repair boreholes and wells, test quality levels, treat water, and train people to look after and maintain their own water supply.
South Sudan has been facing a cholera outbreak since June 2015. Oxfam is preventing the spread of disease by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.
Since July 2016, over 900,000 people have fled to Uganda with around 2,000 arriving each day. In Uganda, the Bidibidi refugee camp - the largest in the world - is home to over 250,000 people. Oxfam is providing water to the whole camp and creating water systems that will last for 20 years as it is expected that many people who have fled to Uganda will remain there for decades.
Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the country and teams are running life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. We are:
- Providing regular emergency food distributions to over 415,000 people. We recently carried out (March 16th) an emergency food distribution in Panyijar County to feed 2,000 people who had recently arrived from famine-hit areas with nothing to eat.
- Providing clean water, safe sanitation facilities, essential hygiene items and promoting good hygiene practices to help keep diseases like cholera at bay.
- Providing vouchers for canoes so that people sheltering from the conflict on islands in the swamps can get to the help they need
- Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop ways to make a living, for example by providing livestock or training, tools and seeds .
Oxfam is also responding to the refugee crisis in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.